SecretAgentMan wrote:Element wrote:Why exactly would the Yankees deal Granderson?
He is one of a number of players on the "HR or nothing" offense that are essentially the same type of hitter. I have been saying it all year that they are built for the regular season and not the playoffs. Atrocious all season with RISP. They are generally low avg, high K, HR hitters that generally feast on bad pitching or mistakes by opponent pitchers. Some are guess hitters (Swisher, Arod now, et. al.). The problem in the playoffs (and we saw this in 2011 as well) is that you do not get to see many lame pitchers. You see primarily 1-4s of very good teams with the top 1-2 of each team being extremely good. So there are not nearly as many mistakes\fat pitches and hence you need to stop trying to hit HRs on each pitch and try to play for a run or two at times and a number of these guys are simply not capable of doing that\let the pressure get to them.
Granderson K'ed 195 times and hit in the 230s. Assuming Gardner is healthy they have someone to play CF next season. And if you take Hal Steinbrenner at his word that they will not pay the penalty in 2014 and keep the salary below 186M (and I do as Hal is no George to say the least), then re-signing Granderson becomes dodgy at best as they already have ARoid, Jeter, Sabathia and Tex eating up 90+M of that and need to re-sign Cano (for presumably big bucks long-term). So keeping Granderson long-term is already dodgy at best. Why not deal Granderson while he retains a lot of value and when he is part of the problem architecturally if you may not be able to afford him after 2013 or feel the cost is not worth it based on playoff performance levels? In fairness, Arod is the one that really needs to go, but they can't do anything about him. Swisher is almost a 100% certainty to be gone as he is a free agent and having another dreadful post season.
I suppose that it makes some sense, but $13MM (2013 salary)for a good defensive CF'er that can pop out 40+ homers a years seems like a good deal to me. You knew what you were getting when you traded for him. He's basically the same player with more power. If the issue is his approach then maybe you should be looking in the direction of the hitting instructor. Grandy the least of the Yankee's problems, IMO. You're not going to replace that production at that cost with anyone else. The day that the Yankees start selling off the controllable assets for prospects will be the day that I bedazzle my anus.